Krista Franklin, PsyD, is a 2021 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle.

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Dana Waters, PsyD, ABPP, Committee Chair

William Heusler, PsyD, Committee Member

Virginia Faller, JD, Committee Member


juveniles, sentencing, culpability, qualitative, criminal justice

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INFLUENCING LEGISLATION FOR JUVENILES IN THE ADULT JUDICIAL SYSTEM: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF LEGAL ADVOCATES Krista Franklin Antioch University Seattle Seattle, WA This phenomenological study explores the lived experience of Washington State lawmakers and legal activists regarding their involvement in passing Washington State Senate Bill 5064 in February 2014. In response to the 2012 landmark federal Supreme Court decision, Miller v. Alabama, Senate Bill 5064 reduced the number of crimes for which juveniles could be sentenced as adults to life without parole. Six interviewees were selected from those who testified in Olympia, WA. Individual interviews were conducted in an open-ended style. Participants were asked questions about their motivation for getting involved in this bill, and asked to describe their experience. The purpose of the study is to inform those in the fields of psychology and law in order to advocate and support young offenders who are being underserved by the court system. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, and Ohio Link ETD Center, Keywords: juveniles, sentencing, culpability, qualitative


Krista Franklin, PsyD, 2021

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0002-2512-5729